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How to install PostgreSQL 11 on CentOS 7?

PostgreSQL is one of the best relational database managers in the world. Its main virtue is to be a reliable rock. Today, I will show you how to install PostgreSQL 11 on CentOS 7.

In this site we have talked before about PostgreSQL, it is difficult not to do it when you have in front of a database manager as advanced and reliable as this one. Recently, version 11 of this fantastic software was released.

In this new version, it highlights the speed improvements in the processing of very large databases. Something sysadmin will surely appreciate.

On the other hand, PostgreSQL 11 adds the ability to partition data by a hash key. This translates into improved data robustness and security.

Install PostgreSQL 11 on CentOS 7

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PostgreSQL 11 is a novelty. It is the first big release since October 2017. Many sysadmins will look for a way to update or install it from 0. The latter is the goal of this article.

1. Upgrade the system

First, you need to update the system. This in order to get the latest security patches available for the system. With this, you gain stability and robustness.

:~$ su
:~# yum update

1.- Upgrading centOS 7
1.- Upgrading centOS 7

Now you can continue the installation.

2. Adding the PostgreSQL repository

Actually, PostgreSQL is available for many operating systems such as Debian, Ubuntu, or CentOS 7, but the version that comes in the official repositories of each distribution is usually obsolete and outdated.

In short, you need to resort to an external repository to perform the installation. Fortunately, PostgreSQL has one and it is very easy.

First, run this command as root user:

:~# yum install https://download.postgresql.org/pub/repos/yum/11/redhat/rhel-7-x86_64/pgdg-centos11-11-2.noarch.rpm

2.- Adding the repository
2.- Adding the repository

After that, the repository has been added.

You can also verify that.

:~# yum repolist

3.- The repositories added
3.- The repositories added

As you can see, the repository is added

3. Install PostgreSQL 11

Thanks to the repository, now, you can install the new version of PostgreSQL in an easy way. Just run this command:

:~# yum install postgresql11 postgresql11-server

4.- Install PostgreSQL 11
4.- Install PostgreSQL 11

After that, initialize the database:

:~# /usr/pgsql-11/bin/postgresql-11-setup initdb

Next, start and enable PostgreSQL service:

:~# systemctl enable postgresql-11
:~# systemctl start postgresql-11

5.- Starting the Postgresql 11 service
5.- Starting the Postgresql 11 service

This process must be done because of the security policies of CentOS. CentOS 7 installs the package but does not start the PostgreSQL service automatically.

Finally, check the service status.

:~# systemctl status postgresql-11

6.- Checking the status of the service
6.- Checking the status of the service

The installation has been successful

4. Using PostgreSQL 11

Before using PostgreSQL You must install sudo. You also have to add your current user to the sudoers file:

:~# yum install sudo

Then, open the file /etc/sudoers and edit it. See the image for the guide. In “angelo” write your user.

:~# nano /etc/sudoers

7.- Editing the sudoers file
7.- Editing the sudoers file

Then, close session and access as postgres user.

:~# exit
:~$ sudo -i -u postgres
:~$ psql

8.- PostgreSQL log in
8.- PostgreSQL log in

Now, you can write some commands. For example, list all database:

postgres=# \l

9.- List all databases
9.- List all databases


PostgreSQL is a great database manager. Each time it improves more and more and aims to be the leading open source option in this area. This new version adds performance improvements and installing it in CentOS 7 is not a big complication compared to its benefits.

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